A Program Designed to Promote Literacy

Pursue a master’s degree focused on literacy and inspire students who have difficulty reading, while impacting student literacy curriculum in your school. Upon graduation from the Reading program, you will have a variety of tools for assessment and diagnosis at your fingertips. With the confidence and expertise to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction strategies you can create an environment that fosters excellence in reading and writing for students of all levels.

Why a Master’s Degree Dedicated to Reading Education?

Impact the future of your students by seeking a master’s degree focused on reading education to create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing.

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Is a Master’s Degree in Education Right for You?

Discover how UC’s Reading Specialist program aligns with your goal, both personally, and professionally, to promote the importance of literacy.

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Reading Specialist FAQs

From application requirements to tuition costs, many common questions are answered among this collection of frequently asked questions.

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  • I formerly worked as a substitute teacher, I do not have a teaching certificate but have accupulated over 300 college credit hours and a 3.10+ gpa along with several AS Degrees and will finish a BS Social Science with an emphasis in Education. My areas of interest are the illiterate homeless, dropouts and those in Prisons where I worked as a Maximum Security Correctional Officer for 3 1/2 years in Florida.
    Working with those that have fallen between the socioeconomic cracks of our society is my desire. Having worked in k-12 grades with the JCPS System in Louisville, Ky. and as an employee fo a major company that graded wrtten portions of standardized testing I quickly learned the need for phonic and a balanced system of learning, to read, spell and write along with discipline in the classroom.
    I graduated in 1964 which I could not list due to your limitation on years of High School graduation. I have had no problem while taking courses on line with Ashford University in Iowa of keeping up with the other students.
    Your assistance would be appreciated and I would prefer to correspondence via E-mail.
    Kenneth Aaron

  • Thomas Furio says:

    That’s a great history Kenneth. We would be happy to communicate via email if that is more convenient for you. It sounds like one of our Curriculum and Instruction programs might be a good fit for you. We would be happy to discuss this with you in more detail to determine which of our concentration areas would best help you reach your goals. Please contact one of our Enrollment Advisors at 800-226-0075.

  • Gina Zummo says:

    I am a certified elementary teacher in PA. I have a BS in Education. How do I become a reading specialist? DO i just take the Praxis or do I need additional courses?

  • Hi Gina, it’s a pleasure to hear from you! Our program will provide you with the tools you need to take the Praxis exam. Please give us a call so we can discuss your options for entering our reading specialist program. We can be reached at 800-226-0075. Look forward to hearing from you.

  • christina says:

    I currently am a graduate student in a reading specialist program in maryland. I now have a young daughter and think i would find it easier to pursue a degree online. Do you think my credits will transfer?

  • Hi Christina, Thanks for your interest in the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Education program. Good job on starting your graduate degree in Maryland and your question is quite common among students looking to transfer. All prospective students seeking admission must submit a petition for transfer credits from accredited institutions to be accepted. This form is located within the application packet. We look forward to speaking with you further, please call us at 800-226-0075 for more information.

  • Angela says:

    HI! I will love to obtain my Master’s in Reading Education, or earn a Master’s degree in Speech-Language-Pathology. I currently have my license in Early Childhood Education. Does this program require the? How long is the program? Is it 100% online? What is your tuition costs Your assistance would be appreciated via email.

  • Hi Angela, Thank you for inquiring about the Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program with the Reading concentration. Generally, the length and structure of the core and concentration courses are typically 2 classes at the same time over 14 weeks for two years. The program is 100% online with the exception of the practicum which must take place in a local school. The cost for in-state students is $710 per credit hour, while out-of-state tuition is $725 per credit hour. We are unable to determine if the TOEFL is necessary without more information regarding your educational history and background. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 800-226-0075 for further assistance.

  • katie says:

    Hi! I taught Kindergarten for 4 years and now am a stay at home Mom. I would like to begin my masters. How much does it cost per credit hour? Also, how many total hours are needed? Thirdly, how demanding is this program?
    Thank you!

  • Hi Katie,

    Congratulations on making the decision to pursue your Master’s degree and for considering the University of Cincinnati’s Distance Learning program. The cost per credit hour and the total hours needed to complete the program differs based on the specific program and degree path that you choose. The programs are designed to be manageable and flexible to provide the student an opportunity to organize your school requirements around your personal obligations. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (800) 226-0075 to assist you further.